Arrange a Safe Haven For Your Pet– Now!
Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Red Cross disaster shelters will not accept pets because of health and safety regulations, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time.
UPDATE OCTOBER 2016: Charleston County announced that Burns Elementary School at 3750 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, is the designated People & Pets Emergency Shelter.
- Pet guardians must bring vaccination records for pets
- Pets must be in carriers
- Pet guardians are responsible for their pets and must stay in the shelter with them
- Pet guardians must bring all supplies for pets including crates,bedding,food,leashes, poop bags, litter boxes, food bowls etc.
Here is a helpful website if evacuating: visit www.bringfido.com for pet-friendly hotels and other options.
Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities:
- Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
- Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets. Click Here for a very helpful website that can help locate pet-friendly hotels and motels across the country.
- Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
Know your evacuation route in advance:
West Ashley & Downtown
Use SC 61 to US 78, then to Aiken and North Augusta.
use the normal west-bound lanes of I-26.
James Island and Folly Beach
Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17. www.charlestoncounty.org
Take US 17 south to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26.
Take US 52 (Rivers Avenue) to US 78 to US 178 to Orangeburg, or continue on US 52 to US 176, or continue north on US 52.
The right lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will continue on to Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, it will be directed onto SC 6, where SC 6 will take you toward Columbia.
The left lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will go on to US 176 to Columbia.
Evacuees using SC 642 will travel west toward Summerville, and then take Road
S-22 (Old Orangeburg Road) to US 78 west.
East Cooper: Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms
Take I-526 west or US 17 south to I-26 west.
Take SC 703 to I-526 Business to access I-526 west, and then take I-26 west.
Isle of Palms
Take the Isle of Palms connector (SC 517) to go to US 17 where the right lane will turn north onto US 17. Next, proceed to take SC 41 to SC 402; then to US 52 to SC 375; then to US 521 to SC 261; and then US 378 to Columbia.
Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms connector will turn left to go to I-526 west and then on to I-26 west.
Evacuees on I-526 west approaching I-26 from East Cooper will be directed to the normal lanes of I-26 westbound if in the right lane of I-526.
Those in the left lane of I-526 will be directed into the reversed lanes of I-26.
Awendaw & McClellanville
Take SC 45 to US 52, where you will be directed to the right onto US 52 to SC 375; then to US 521 to SC 261; and then to US 378 to Columbia.
Edisto Island and Adams Run
Take SC 174 to US 17.
Take US 17 south to SC 64. This will take you to Walterboro, and then to North Augusta.
Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood and Ravenel
Take SC 165 to US 17, then US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North Augusta.
Johns Island, Kiawah, Seabrook
Take SC 700 (Maybank Highway) to Road S-20 (Bohicket/Main Road) to US 17.
Take Road S-20 (Bohicket/Main Rd.) to US 17.
Take US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North
Source Credit: ASPCA